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Dawton Coat of Arms / Dawton Family Crest

The surname of DAWTON was a locational name 'of Dalton' parishes in Counties Lancashire, Durham and Yorkshire. The name was derived from the Old English word DALTONE, and literally meant the dweller by the valley. Early records of the name mention DALTONE (without surname) who was listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. The name was documented as DAUTON (without surname) in the year 1260. Henry de Dalton, County Northumberland, 1273. Johannes de Dalton of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Baptised. Elizabeth Daltonne, St. Peter. Cornhill, London in 1554. Jeremye Daunaye and Katherine Daulton were married in London in 1639. Sir John Neale Dalton (1839-1931) was an English clergyman and philanthropist, born in Kent, the son of a clergyman. He was educated at Blackheath and Cambridge, and was chosen by Queen Victoria as tutor to her grandsons Albert Victor and George (the future George V.) whom he taught from 1871 to 1884. He was cannon and steward of St. George's Chapel at Windsor from 1884. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour. In many parts of central and western Europe, hereditary surnames began to become fixed at around the 12th century, and have developed and changed slowly over the years. As society became more complex, and such matters as the management of tenure, and in particular the collection of taxes were delegated to special functionaries, it became imperative to distinguish a more complex system of nomenclature to differentiate one individual from another. The associated arms are recorded in Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.

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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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